Tuesday, February 28, 2012

*We Were Meant To Be Friends*

first - to my many (3) readers...
I have to apologize for my "stop blog & roll" this past week...
(warning...long post. one that's taken me 3 hours now to write, eek!)

some blasted virus hit me like a time warp & sent me into overload!
I ended up in the ER on Sunday with 2 breathing treatments,
a massive dose of steroids,
& feeling like a barn door, hitched up by an 18 wheeler
took a nose dive, right into my chest.

My diagnosis: the dreaded "BRONCHITIS" again.
(you might remember my post from last year - I suffered for 12 long weeks
of that crap, ugh!)

they also said "acute asthma flare".
so I was sent home with meds for the nebulizer, antibiotics, steroids,
and some special cough syrup.  Today's day 3 of this & I actually feel
a little better! I see the light at the end of the "get well" tunnel.
FINALLY. yuck.

anyways. - enough of that sick stuff -

I want to share something with you today that means alot to me.
I have been meaning to share the pics of when my sweet friend Wendy was here
to visit. I just keep forgetting! While we didn't get as many pics as we were
hoping to (I was soaking up the friendship so much, I just forgot!) -
I cherish
the ones we did get - like the one in the layout you'll see in just a bit.
Even though I can't stand the way I look in the pic - I love how cute she is
and it just represents to me that even though we haven't seen each other in 6 years-
we are the kind of friends that can just pick up right where we left off.
It seemed like to me
that we never had a separation!
It's that kind of friendships that are hard to come by.
I know that, I realize that and I cherish what we have...a true friendship.
Even through ups, downs, ins, outs...we are true friends. I adore you Wen!

and the reason behing my layout....keep reading:
I have a sweet online friend - Courtney Walsh,
who's written an incredible story
that I can't wait to dive into:

It's a story of friendship, of scrapbooks, well - I can't do it justice, just read:

A faded scrapbook reveals secrets that reconnect old friends
in a place called Sweethaven.

Campbell Carter has come to Sweethaven in search of answers about her mother's history.

Just before losing a battle with cancer, Suzanne Carter sent letters to childhood friends from her hometown of Sweethaven, Michigan. Suzanne's three friends -- Lila, Jane, and Meghan -- haven't spoken in years, yet each has pieces of a scrapbook they made together as girls. Suzanne's letters have lured them all back to the idyllic lakeside town, where they meet Campbell and begin to remember what was so special about their long Sweethaven summers. As the scrapbook reveals secrets from the past, old wounds are mended, lives are changed, and friendships are restored -- just as Suzanne intended.
Doesn't it sound divine?
Courtney is one talented lady. I have always admired her work.
Her scrapbooking, her writing,
everything. I'm blessed to call this sweet lady a friend.
I'm blessed to be able to share her book
with you & tell you - YOU HAVE TO GO GET IT!
I'm also blessed to get to be a part of a scrapbook
challenge she has on her blog today.
That's the reason for my layout.
Courtney asked several of her scrapbook friends
(me included? heck yes! I loved being a part!)
It was my pleasure to take part.
When you go to her blog -  you'll notice something funny.
Wendy was also part of the challenge. She created her layout.
We both used the SAME PHOTO. Without even knowing we were going to do that.
See? Friendship at it's best. Finest...

Thank you Courtney, this was truly inspirational, therapeutic & all out fun.
I wish you nothing but HUGE success on your book & all the other books you have in the works.
You're an incredible lady & I love your story!

I hear that Amazon has her book on sale today!
HURRY - go get it now.
I just received mine & can't wait to dive in....

I'll be back in a few days with some more fun news!
I'm off to rest my weary bronchits bones....

til then!